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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/9/05)

Contact: Jim Miller
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Portsea Posts Game Win in Meafara

STICKNEY, IL -- While trainer Todd Pletcher has many runners on the Kentucky Derby trail, one of his fillies was in the spotlight in the $144,000 Meafara Breeders’ Cup Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, at Hawthorne on Saturday where Portsea posted a game victory.

Breaking from the outside, Portsea and jockey Chris DeCarlo settled in off a hotly contested pace between Megascape and Angel Trumpet as those two carved out the early fractions of :21.70 and :45.21 for the first half mile. Sitting about two lengths back, Portsea started her move in the turn and ranged up to the leaders in the stretch. As Angel Trumpet dropped back, Portsea ranged up three wide while Megascape dug in. After surviving a claim of foul by Megascape’s jockey Larry Sterling Jr. as the two runners brushed slightly in the stretch, Portsea was declared the official winner stopping the clock for the three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.92, two and a half lengths in front of Megascape at the wire. Angel Trumpet held on to finish third.

Chris Emigh (rider of third place finisher Angel Trumpet) “I wasn’t expecting the other horse to show that much speed with me. We kinda hooked up all the way around. We hung on for third. He raced good.”

Larry Sterling, rider of second place finisher Megascape, was a bit upset after the race. “He broke good. Emigh was laying on me the whole way. I think if he hadn’t I would have had enough left to hang on. We finished second though. The winner bumped me a little down the stretch but it wasn’t enough to disqualify him.”

Chris DeCarlo was happy with the way his filly raced. “Larry Sterling, (rider of Megascape) thought we came out and bumped them in the stretch. I thought differently. I didn’t think it affected the outcome in any way. She’s a game filly. She ran a great race. I was glad to get the trip, especially the winning part, on the track. It always helps when you know how the track is playing when the big race is coming up.

Posting her third win in her sixth career start, Portsea earned $86,400 for the win, boosting her career earnings to $148,130. Owned by Vinery Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, Portsea returned $7.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.00 to show. Megascape came back $3.80 and $2.60 while Angel Trumpet returned $3.20 to show.

Asked about his strategy for the Illinois Derby, Decarlo quipped, “When the doors open, if I break they chase me, if they break I chase them.”

Live racing for the spring meet takes place from February 25 to May 10. Racing is conducted every Friday through Tuesday with first post at 1:10 PM. For any questions, our Group Sales office can be contacted at 708-780-7050 and general questions can be directed to 708-780-3700. Visit Hawthorne on the web at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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